Dental Imaging Techniques

The initial visit to our dentist usually consists of taking tests and identifying the presence of any dental issue. The x-ray is known to provide instant results, making it easier for our dentist to recognize an issue and decide the course of treatment.

Digital X-rays

Among the most commonly used dental imaging techniques, digital x-rays do not expose you to as much radiation as traditional film x-rays. The imaging results help our dentist identify any growths or abnormalities in the gums, teeth and enamel. The x-ray machine is connected to a computer that showcases the image within minutes of being taken. This not only makes your dental appointment shorter, it also allows our dentist to view the results immediately instead of having to wait hours or days.

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. 

The intraoral camera is extremely helpful in diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient. Since the intraoral camera is used in tandem with a computer screen or television monitor, your dentist can easily show you, in real-time, if you have a fractured tooth or need gum disease treatment. A picture is worth a thousand words!

Time-savings that come with the intraoral camera are especially noticeable when your dentist needs to take several images at one time. Intraoral camera images are easy to re-take, print and duplicate. Printouts can be sent to dental insurance companies to strengthen claims. In fact, these images are so useful that some insurance companies now accept images via e-mail; the reduced paper trail cuts down on claim-processing time and is an environmentally friendly option as well.

For more information on the intraoral camera at Tanyard Springs Family Dentistry, call us at 615-591-4693 today!

Tanyard Springs Family Dentistry in Spring Hill, Tennessee, has the ideal dental imaging procedure for you. Call us at 615-591-4693 for an appointment or come by our office today. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.